Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and numerous consecutive shows.  This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats. The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. The show's theme song is "Mmm My Best Friend" by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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Rick Bragg’s Speckled Beauty

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-14-2022) #792: Tracie spends the whole hour talking to one of the great Southern writers, Rick Bragg (“All Over But the Shoutin'”) about the paperback release of “The Speckled Beauty: A Dog and His People.” The book is a funny, touching homage to a fascinating, entirely incorrigible dog, who had been one of the unowned scrounging dogs common in the South. The book is a testament to accepting each dog as an individual on their own terms, with Bragg’s generous philosophical understanding of this rogue dog’s destructive wild nature a model of true interspecies love.